Organic Ashwaganda

What is Organic Ashwagandha Root? Ashwagandha stimulates the production of natural skin oils, by promoting the production of vital enzymes and proteins such a Hyaluronan which are crucial for skin hydration and strength. It is often prescribed for dry, rough, aging skin. It’s naturally occurring antioxidant-rich components help to fight against environmental stressors, preventing against premature aging. Novel cleansing components of Ashwagandha such as Withanolides help to cleanse and decongest skin, prevent pores from getting clogged.


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Inner Beauty

As a makeup artist, I see beauty everywhere. Well, almost everywhere. Colors, shapes, natural elements and compositions. These days, the current "beauty ideal", can be bought for a price. However, there is such a thing as inner beauty. That intangible "it quality". I believe it comes from depth and substance. Experience and compassion. Sure, there are "pretty people" everywhere (especially on social media...insert eye roll here);  but to me, real beauty is something far more profound. It is eternal. In the soul. It exudes from the eyes. That ever elusive element. What is beauty to you?

The Lipstick Files

She knew in her gut that something just wasn't quite right. Her fiancé had been acting extra sweet, yet her intuition told her it was insincere. Ella wasn't one to pry, but a sudden change in his behavior had forced her to investigate. Staying late at work more than once a week, had become a habit. When she texted him, he didn't answer like he used to, and he always had an excuse. Things just didn't add up. She was no dummy, and with the wedding just weeks away, there was no way she was gonna get played for a fool. Not this time. Not ever.

So Ella did what she had to do. Kissing her fiancé, and seeing him off to work at his usual time, she got up and made herself a strong cup of coffee. She would need it today. Taking a leisurely shower, she shampooed and deep conditioned her hair. She had to look her absolute best. After contemplating what to wear, Ella selected the black lace playsuit topped off with a big floppy hat. She knew it was one of his all-time favorites.

At her vanity, she applied a dewy foundation and set it with sheer powder. Next, she gently swept on a bronzer to softly contour her features. She then added a clean black liquid eyeliner, carbon mascara, and filled her perfectly arched brows with M.A.C. Great Brows kit, creating a soft, yet strong frame to her face.

For the final touch, she lined her lips with M.A.C. Redd Lipliner, then carefully applied M.A.C. Lady Danger, a vivid bright coral red lipstick with a lip brush, until her lips were a flawless eye-catching pout.  Looking at her reflection in the mirror she smiled, and thought to herself, "what a red lip can do for a girl!" With that, she turned on her high heels, grabbed her Italian red leather tote, and headed to the door. She was ready to do what a girl's gotta do!

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 M.A.C. Lady Danger Matte

M.A.C. Lady Danger Matte

Ho Ho Ba (Jojoba)

Jojoba oil is one of my long time favorite multi-purpose products. I use organic jojoba oil on a cotton ball to remove eye makeup, and I swear it helps keep my lashes supple and healthy. In addition, it can be added into any body cream to enhance moisture without feeling greasy. I also prefer using a few drops of jojoba to argan oil for taming frizzy hair. Jojoba oil can be mixed into a multitude of home remedies. Look for organic jojoba oil. You can even find it at Trader Joe's!

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Four Eyes

I got my first pair of glasses at 8. In high school, I switched to contact lenses. I've always had a love-hate relationship with glasses. With 20-600 vision, I absolutely need corrective lenses to see 20-20. In middle school, I would take off my glasses to walk down the hall, and I was so blind, that people assumed I was stuck up because I never said hi....ummm, hello... it was because I couldn't see anyone! Trying to look "prettier" for boys totally backfired. Ironically, now I know that lots of guys actually love glasses. I had so many things all wrong. 

In recent years, I've tried color contacts for a quick change, and although they look interesting in a creepy way, I find that they never fit quite right. I might look like a cat-eyed zombie, but one blink, and I can't see at all. A blind cat-eyed zombie. Umm, no. 

Over recent years, there has been a resurgence in glasses styles, and I now find them to be the perfect accessory. With so many colors, shapes and styles, it's a quick way to switch up your look. Glasses offer the perfect camouflage for those pesky under eye circles, fine lines, and "whatnots". The bonus of my high prescription, is that they magnify my eyes, making me look sort of like a crazy-doll, which is a "look" in some places. My relationship with glasses has really changed, and I need more in my life! 

Trying on frames is a tedious ordeal, but it's a lot more fun with a company like Warby Parker, where you can order the frames, and try on for free before committing. The styles are all current, and the collection is beautifully curated. You can try, buy, or return. If you prefer to try things on in the comfort of your own home, check out Warby Parker!

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Neck Treatments

I know, I know, you came to this post in search of that magic elixir to smooth and tone your neck. Soon, I will be reviewing the latest products and cosmetic procedures for this delicate area, but until then, may I offer a tried and true style suggestion? Scarves. A classic way to accessorize, while providing the perfect camouflage for any neck issues you're having. Personally, I'm a fan of vintage silk scarves, but there are many designer items out there as well. 

 

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Authenticity

This morning I woke up thinking about authenticity. In a world where Instagram dictates who and what is cool, the current "president" of the U.S. uses Twitter as a mouthpiece, and filters have the ability to make a granny look like a total sexpot, it seems we're losing our grip on reality. The majority of people are tethered to their cell phones. Meanwhile, children get ignored, elderly people disconnected, and even pets are neglected. Eye contact and social interaction are diminished. People pass one another in the street, buried so deep in their phones, that they miss the possibility of a chance meeting, or connection. (Oh yeah, "there's an app for that...")

I just wonder. A lot. 

This applies to beauty as well. I have said for some time now, that once everyone starts to look too "perfect" and too much the same in the virtual world; realness, intelligence, and authenticity will become our new beauty paradigm. Smart is sexy after all. Pretty can only go so far, and although we can all do our best to age gracefully, nothing lasts forever. Nothing. 

I know it might sound ridiculous coming from a makeup artist, but I am talking about the bigger picture, and it seems like the more we get sucked into our phones, the less we really "see". It literally shrinks vision inward, so that we become almost myopic. Comparison, judging, and insecurities are amplified. Cyber bullying is epidemic. Hell, even the president does it.  No wonder there's an explosion of narcissists and self-obsessed individuals. I suggest a taking a "time-out" from your phone, a "detox" off of Instagram. Do a "reality check". Nobody wants to look back at their life, and say, "oh yeah, I spent thousands, and thousands of hours staring at a cell phone."  No-one.

Sorry for the rant. Feel free to chime in on the comment section below. I would love to hear your thoughts. xoxo one love.

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Lip Switch

One day you wake up and realize you've been wearing that same shade of lipstick forever. It might very well be your "signature look". But, sometimes little changes can make all the difference. I'll admit, my default has long been pink-nude glossy lips. (Insert eye roll here.) I blame it on living in the Valley for too long. When my last go-to "girly-pink" ran out, I applied a bright red instead. It's crazy because you would think as a makeup artist, I would be more daring. We all need to try new things, evolve, reinvent and be open to change. This applies to everything in life. Nobody wants to be "that lady" stuck in a time warp. I suggest you switch it up! It's only lipstick after all....and with all of the color choices out there, the options are limitless...who do you want to be today?

 What is your mood today?

What is your mood today?

Mineral Skin Mist

From Morningstar Minerals, Derma Boost, is a rejuvenating spray mist. This rich vitamin, mineral & amino acid replenisher can be used on skin and hair. Extracted from ancient plant matter, Derma Boost is formulated to restore skin to a smooth, healthy condition. I apply to my face and body after a shower, before applying moisturizer. In addition, I like to use it intermittently during the day. It's far less expensive than its competitors, and of higher quality.  Click on the link below to find out more about the line and what they have to offer.

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
— Maya Angelou

Beauty Sleep - Silky Secrets

Beauty sleep is a necessity after a certain age. All nighters require recovery time . No more stepping out the next day without a trace of evidence. Sleep deprivation is epidemic. We all know that it wreaks havoc on your body. Unfortunately, lack of sleep can take a toll on your appearance as well. Getting a good night's rest is paramount. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to enhance your beauty sleep. 

Firstly, assess your bedroom. Make it restful, relaxing, clean, and calm. Create your own private oasis with decor that makes you feel cozy and comfortable. If you haven't done so already, get the tv out of there! Electronics disrupt your circadian rhythms. The same goes for cell phones. I have to confess, that lately, I feel like my phone is my "boyfriend". I sleep with it, check on it, and it's the first thing I think of every morning. Let's try to break these bad habits! 

Secondly, invest in a silk pillow, and, or, a silk scarf. Silk is soft and gentle on your hair and skin. Say goodbye to unwanted creases on your face, and fuzzy hair in the AM. Go to bed with a glamorous headwrap, and wake up looking refreshed and naturally beautiful! 

You can find inexpensive faux silk headwraps at CVS and Target, or opt for a cool vintage real silk scarf. Just make sure it's a large enough square to wrap your hair thoroughly, and tie the knot in the front towards the top (like a unicorn), so that it's comfy to sleep in.

Invest in a silk pillow cover to save your hair from tangles, and breakage. Toss and turn as much as you need to, but your hair will stay smooth and frizz free! Another worthwhile investment, is a silk eye mask. Soft and gentle on your face, an eye mask is essential to a deep sleep. Great for cat naps and travel too...treat yourself. xoxo

The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.” Marilyn Monroe

 

 

 

Bee Love

Doing makeup over the years, I like to believe that I have a good radar for estimating someone's age. Occasionally, I am shocked, and yes, I live in LA, where you can get botox at the stripmall. But, I'm talking about natural looking beautiful skin. Recently, a client came in fresh faced at 4 am. Her makeup free skin was glowing, soft and smooth. Of course I never ask a person their age, but I did ask her what she uses on her skin. She told me about Lacrème Beauté. Founded by Victoria Galbraith Wachtel, this line is organic and luxurious, ethically sourced, and made with the power of bee venom. Bzzzzz. How about some "Beetox", instead of Botox?

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The Perfect Red Lip

One of the most iconic makeup looks has to be red lipstick! With so many choices out there, it's easy to get overwhelmed. If you're searching for something tried and true, I suggest you visit Besame Cosmetics line. Created by Gabriela Hernandez, Besame is a collection of iconic lip colors, as well as powders, encased in beautiful vintage inspired packaging. The colors are replicas, while the formulas have been refined to give you a perfect pout every time. The finish is a natural soft almost matte. Besame offers a range of reds for various skin tones, as well as a few gorgeous neutral lip colors. 

If you visit Burbank, be sure to visit the adorable boutique on Magnolia! Check out Besame, and enjoy visiting the retro inspired website!

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Dewy-Luscious Face Mist

Perfect for travel, refreshing your skin anytime, and setting makeup, face mists are a must have. The thing is, they've come a long way since Evian. There's a new face mist in town and I am about to introduce you to her....Her name is Coco Ensolleile, and she is irresistible...Scented with natural florals, and full of skin nurturing ingredients, you can use this spritz to set your makeup, on your makeup brush to buff out a dewy base, or anytime as a pick me up! Click link below to discover this incredible newly launched line!

Key Ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Aloe Vera
  • Glycerin

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 Face Apertif - Orange Blossom Macaroon

Face Apertif - Orange Blossom Macaroon